Monday, August 29, 2011

CommTech ministry to develop new ICT policy

The Ministry of Communications Technology is planning to develop an all-encompassing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy for the country.

Disclosing this in Lagos at a chat with newsmen, Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Olubusola Johnson, said that this strategy would help the ministry in delivering on its four mandates from Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Although she noted that Nigeria has an Information Technology (IT) policy which is resident at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the new proposed ICT policy would afford the agency more and better room to operate in discharging its responsibilities to the Nigerian people.

She believed that Nigerians expectation from ICT is ambitious, especially with the hope that the policies, programmes and plans that would be embarked upon by the Ministry to deliver on this mandate would provide a launch pad for Nigeria to leap-frog from a resource dependent to a knowledge-based economy.

“Nigeria can be transformed into a major ICT hub where knowledge, technology and innovation are used ads tools to not only drive wealth creation and empower citizens of the country, but also deployed to provide security, promote efficiency and national competitiveness for sustainable socio-economic development,” she said.

Additionally, she said, the new ministry will of course work very closely with the private sector in the country, international partners and other supporting governments through its implementing agencies.

She listed some of the implementing agencies of the new ministry to include the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Communications Satellite NigComSAT, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NiTDA), Galaxy Backbone and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

Remmy Nweke
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